You ever just have those moments where it seems like everything in your life is put into perspective right in front of you? Almost as if you have figured out your purpose and calling in life from the freedom and liberation that you are currently feeling. Well, that has been me for the past week.
The trip to Hawaii was not only relaxing, but it helped me to refocus on what truly matters to me in my life, and what it is that I want to be doing. Needless to say, while I am growing my dreams, and while I am proud of the person that I am becoming each and every day, I am not quite near where it is that I want to be.
Despite simply letting my brain recharge and relax in Hawaii, I also used it as an opportunity to refocus on what I want to do in life. So with all of that said, here are 4 amazing lessons I learned from traveling to Hawaii.
1. This is the lifestyle that I want to live.
I am going to be a little selfish with this one, but why the hell not. I would love to live the lifestyle of being able to wake up every day on my own time, golf when I want, enjoy only the finest foods, and soak up all of the incredible gifts that this world has to offer.
While some may think that there is no possibility that any of us could afford this lifestyle, it doesn’t always have to be expensive. Move to a destination that you see yourself in, rent an apartment to where you can bike to the beach everyday, and do freelance work when you need extra money. I mean, it’s 2018, the opportunities to make money are endless.
2. I want to live the “New Rich” life and travel.
From taking a week off of work, I realized that one thing that I want to do more of in life, is travel the world. And why not? Life is too short the way it is, and I dare say that the majority of us spend it in the same environment day after day. How much is there out there that you and I are not seeing? A lot.
All of that money that I was talking about making in the previous point, it has become my goal to use that money to travel. Maybe live in one country for a few months, and move to a different country the next. Maybe even state to state. All I know is that there is so much out there that I want to see, and would much rather live an adventurous life, than a life where I am confined to the walls of a million dollar mansion.
3. I want to be my own boss someday.
Okay, so a lot of the shift in my current mindset has come from reading 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris. If you have not read the book, I highly recommend it. But basically, as much as I love my job, I have grown old of being confined to the 5×5 walls that make up my cubicle. I have grown old of reporting by a certain time every day, instead of the time that is most effective for me. And I have grown old of being paid based on the amount of time that I work, instead of the quality of the tasks that I accomplish.
Imagine it this way. How much of your time do you spend browsing the web or talking on an unimportant phone call while at work? We all do it a lot. Why, because we can’t expect our minds to be in constant work-mode for eight consecutive hours five days per week. It just isn’t realistic.
Now imagine if you were paid based on how effective you were instead of time. You would go into work, work as hard as you can for half of that time, accomplish the same amount of tasks, and then boom, you have an additional four hours to live your life. Sounds pretty cool, am I right?
Well, if you are your boss like I would like to be, you would know what you need to get done, and you would know that you are in control. If your life’s on the line, odds are you will take full responsibility to make sure that you don’t crash and burn. All while eliminating distractions, and having more time to live this amazing blessing that is our lives.
4. Life is too short to wait, so just live.
This was probably the most important thing that I learned from my vacation in Hawaii. It made me realize that I have been spending a lot of my time doing the things that are not the most important to me in life. And while I love the life that I have, there is also so much that I want to do, and so much more to live for.
I know that I say this a lot, but we never truthfully do know when our lives are going to be over. Maybe it is in a year, or maybe in fifty years. So why even plan for tomorrow and miss out on the adventures that await today when we don’t know if we will even be here tomorrow?
The vacation to Hawaii was nothing short of spectacular. It was incredible, amazing, refreshing, and it was also eye-opening. It helped to reinforce the belief that I can live whatever life I imagine for myself. If it has been done before, you damn right I can be the next person to do it. It simply comes down to following my dreams, and to never stop believing in myself. This is my life, and it is going to be lived.
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